Conditions of Confinement Assignment
LISTEN TO: COMMENTARY ON MODULE 8
- Chapter 8 in the textbook (you also read this chapter for Module 7) AND Chapter 11 in the textbook pages 235-248.
- “Texas Prisons Stop Using Solitary Confinement, but Thousands Kept in Administrative Segregation,” (1/4/2021) in Prison Legal News: https://www.prisonlegalnews.org/news/2018/jul/6/texas-prisons-stop-using-solitary-confinement-punishment-thousands-kept-administrative-segregation/
- “Texas Prisons Lead the Nation in Long-Term Solitary Confinement,” (10/10/2018) in The Texas Observer: https://www.texasobserver.org/texas-prisons-lead-the-nation-in-long-term-solitary-confinement/
- “The SHU,” (7/26/2017) Ear Hustle podcast (31 minutes): https://www.earhustlesq.com/episodes/2017/7/26/the-shu?rq=solitary
- “California is Ordered to Cut its Prison Population,” (5/23/2011), National Public Radio (4 minutes): https://www.npr.org/2011/05/23/136579580/california-is-ordered-to-cut-its-prison-population
- American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Summary of the PLRA: Conditions of Confinement Assignment Help
- Administrative Segregation in U.S. Prisons, Executive Summary National Institute of Justice https://www.ojp.gov/pdffiles1/nij/249750.pdf
- The website for the National PREA Resource Center: https://www.prearesourcecenter.org/about/prison-rape-elimination-act
Read about the passage of the PREA in 2003 and the various components of the legislation.
- The website for the United States Department of Justice Rights of Persons Confined to Jails and Prisons: https://www.justice.gov/crt/rights-persons-confined-jails-and-prisons
Read about the authority that The Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA) gives to the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Divisions to investigate conditions in prisons and jails. Conditions of Confinement Assignment Help
- Investigation of the Lowell Correctional Institution – Florida Department of Corrections : file:///C:/Users/Administrator/Documents/Legal%20aspects%20of%20corrections%20f2021/federal%20cripa%20report%202020.pdf
This 34-page report describes a CRIPA investigation into allegations of sexual abuse of prisoners by the institution’s staff. It’s a good example of how CRIPA, the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Eighth Amendment, and the PREA all work together when analyzing allegations of sexual abuse against inmates. The report analyzes a tragic and awful set of circumstances under a legal lens.
- National Geographic film (5 minutes) about life in the Special Housing Unit at Pelican Bay Prison in California: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7ajzsh-i54 Conditions of Confinement Assignment Help
Module 8 Assignment (due 3/27, no later than 11:59 pm)
Worth a maximum of 22.5 points toward the final grade
Prisoners housed in the state prison located in Middle Town America have filed a lawsuit alleging that their living conditions violate the Eight Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. They have complied a list of several issues that together the prisoners allege are unconstitutional: unsanitary cellblocks that attract bugs, blankets that are too thin and do not provide enough warmth in during cold weather days, correctional officers who ignore their requests to be allowed to go to the unit’s infirmary when they are ill, correctional staff who use threats of violence when they ask for basic things like toilet tissue, toilets that overflow on an almost daily basis, and dormitories that house an overflow of prisoners. Based on Wilson v. Seiter, what do the prisoners have to prove in order to prevail? 1 page minimum, double-spaced.
Inmate Jenkins has filed his 4th lawsuit against the warden at Starburst Prison where Jenkins is housed. Jenkins complains in his 4th lawsuit that fresh fruit is never served in the inmate chow hall. Does the PLRA impact his lawsuit? Focus on the PLRA! Explain how specific sections of the PLRA impact Jenkins’ lawsuit. One page minimum, double-spaced.
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